What's News: Jun 1, 2018

Phra Phrom Sitthi (centre), the former abbot of Saket temple, after surrendering himself on Wednesday.
Phra Phrom Sitthi (centre), the former abbot of Saket temple, after surrendering himself on Wednesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Pay rises for low-wage workers

More low-wage workers should get higher salary increases this year after the National Wages Council raised the $1,200 basic monthly pay threshold of these workers to $1,300. The council has also recommended that they receive built-in increments of between $50 and $70. 


Pedra Branca case weak: Jaya

It was no surprise the Malaysian government has withdrawn its applications on Pedra Branca, said Singapore's former deputy prime minister S. Jayakumar.

He said Malaysia's applications made to the International Court of Justice last year had "very weak legal basis".


Thai temple probe hots up

More senior monks could be arrested in the coming weeks amid a probe by Thai investigators into temple-related crimes in one of the biggest clampdowns in recent years. Sixty temples across the country are under probe for suspected illegal financial dealings, while seven senior monks have already been arrested during temple raids last week. 


Trade row spurs China reform

From lowering import tariffs to quickening the pace of opening up in some sectors to the pledge to better protect intellectual property, United States President Donald Trump's tough trade policy on China has unintentionally led Beijing to take actions that are beneficial to its economy, Chinese analysts said. 


Figuring out India's stance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech today at the Shangri-La Dialogue will be scrutinsed for clues on what India will do in the face of an increasingly assertive China, says associate editor Ravi Velloor. 


Tech won't displace schools

Although technology may change the way education is delivered, schools will still be the mainstay for learning. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said schools will remain relevant, as transmission of values, as well as students learning from each other and from lecturers and mentors, cannot be replaced. 


More turn to psychics for pets

Some pet owners in Singapore are hiring people who claim to be able to communicate with animals telepathically or remotely. Business has increased for these pet psychics, who are paid $150 or more a session. 


High expectation for GLS site

A 99-year leasehold site in Dairy Farm Road launched yesterday under the confirmed list of the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme is expected to see keen interest from developers, market watchers said. There is also a strong prospect for two reserve list sites - one in Sims Drive and the other in Tampines Avenue 10 - to be triggered for sale, they added. 


Cook healthy for ST Run

Participants in the sixth instalment of The Straits Times Run can sign up for a cooking class led by Hed Chef Hedy Khoo on June 30. The session will be conducted at Cookyn Inc in Toa Payoh from 9am to 1pm, as part of the build-up to the annual run. The cooking class is capped at 60 participants, and the minimum age is seven years old. Ms Khoo said the tasks will be tailored for the everyday home cook. 



Dose of tech helps doctor

Dr Shravan Verma, 30, founder of Speedoc, a Singapore-based house-call medical service, has a keen interest in the latest technology, gadgets and design. He wears the Apple Watch Series 3 as it has capabilities for his daily work, such as alerts for meetings and notifications for patient house-call requests. D4



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No masking the dark edge

Singer Jo Toh of synthpop/alternative rock band Strangerfox performs dark, moody songs with a fox mask on. http://str.sg/of68


Hangout with ST

The hosts talk about possible Trump-Kim summit locations, Singapore Airlines' 19-hour flight, and more. http://str.sg/ofbb

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe